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College of Business receives $10,000 donation from RecognizeGood and EiBC

RecognizeGood and EiBC presented a $10,000 scholarship to the Business Scholars Program at Concordia University on Thursday Feb. 27, during the Ethics in Business & Community Alumni Gathering held on campus. The scholarship will aid with travel, local business tours, challenge courses and leadership training. Last year, the scholarship was used for an integrated computer decision-making leadership simulation, as well as a Georgetown Challenge Course that focused on teamwork, leadership and values.

The event also recognized past EiBC award recipients and announced the 2014 EiBC finalists.

EiBC award nominees are evaluated by Concordia University undergraduate students participating in the College of Business’ Business Scholars Program. Students review and research the nominees, narrow the list to 12 finalists—three in each category (individual, nonprofit, and small or large business)—and create an in-depth review of each finalist. The finalists’ reviews are then presented to an independent selection committee comprised of business and community leaders who vote on the award recipients. The selection committee is led by Donald Christian, Ph. D., dean of Concordia University’s College of Business.

“Being a part of this process helped me understand not only what I learned in the classroom, but also how to represent the University in a variety of networking opportunities and meetings,” Amanda Hurvitz, Concordia University student, said. “After doing the research, I decided that I really want to be a part of companies like the ones we chose as finalists, because I learned how important it is for organizations to have high ethical standards and values.”

Biz Scholars

CTX Business Scholars students standing with professor Lynette Gillis after the Business Scholars program was presented a $10,000 scholarship from RecognizeGood and EiBC.

Back Row: Nehemiah Zapata

Front Row (Left to Right): Katelin Sessom, Timothy Black, Amanda Hurvitz, Sairam Pathi, Benjamin Schmale, Dr. Lynette Gillis, John Watson

Other Business Scholars Not Pictured: Adam Whitlock, Aaron Dunahoe, Colin Allison




Drayton McLane participates in Concordia's College of Business Conversations with… Speaker Series, sponsored by Regions Bank

Drayton McLane“The Speaker Series is one of the best aspects of my job,” said Dean Christian.

Sponsored by Regions Bank, The Conversations with… Speaker Series is held monthly on Concordia’s main campus.

During the December segment, former chairman and CEO of the Houston Astros, Drayton McLane, shared his insight on how he redefined greatness through his work and personal life experiences. (Pictured here from left to right: Dean Christian, Drayton McLane, Rod Deyoe)

For more information on the College of Business, please visit: and to learn more about the Speaker Series and the next scheduled event, please visit

There will be much to look forward to in Spring 2014 when we kick off the year on February 6 with Donna DeBerry, CEO of Brand Inclusion. Speaker Series events take place the first Thursday of the month from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the University’s auditorium.  The event is free and open to the public.

Join us February 6, March 5, and April 2 for more engaging speakers from the Austin community.


The Concordia MBA

Concordia MBAConcordia graduated its first MBA cohort on August 4 with 38 students from both the main campus and North Lamar Center.

During a time when Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs in the Austin area are seeing declining enrollment, Concordia University continues to see an increase in the number of students seeking to further their education and careers.  Since its inception in 2010, the MBA program at Concordia has grown by 255%.

MBA students take their learning and professional experience and consult with local companies, including nonprofit organizations. Students will work on creating strategic marketing plans, business plans, social media campaigns, research and other related project management initiatives for their prospective clients.

MBA program director Elise Brazier attributes the growth to the type of program the University has developed.

"Our program appeals to people looking to make a difference in their community," said Brazier. "They like that we're doing something different. Our mission to develop Christian leaders is evident in this program."

MBA student, and graduate of the first cohort, Kevin Overton-Hadnot stated that “my future plans are to capitalize on the theme Concordia has instilled within me: Developing Christian Leaders.” Concordia University’s MBA program has helped shape many students plans as well as help them develop their own passions and a common understanding of the specific strategic steps for launching an organization.

Students in the MBA program were divided into cohorts, or learning teams as part of their educational experience.  Each cohort ranged from government agencies to technological agencies to non-profit organizations.

“The learning teams sort of remind me of Proverbs 27:17, As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Individual students in each team brought many different background and educational experiences to the table; therefore, “each learning team served as accountability partners along the way” Overton-Hadnot said.

For more information on the Concordia MBA, please visit


Conversation with… Speaker Series engages students with local business leadersNorine Yukon Group


The conversation with Norine Yukon focused on her story as a female leader in what is typically a "man's world", her path to becoming CEO, and how being a wife and mother she is able to balance her multiple vocations. The Speaker Series is held monthly and focuses on a variety of topics in business. The event is free to the community. For a complete schedule of events or to view videos of past events, please visit

 Pictured from left to right: Dr. Lynette Gillis, Bejamin Schmale Norine Yukon, Kassi Kincaid, Lauren Moore, Amanda Hurvitz, Gary Mauk


Concordia University Texas' 2013 Thrivent Scholars

Thrivent Scholars 2013

Today’s world is in need of a new type of leader. For those who will take the lead in solving the problems of society, it is

paramount that they receive training that is relevant to who they are and the type of environment in which they will do business. Leadership training is often done in a vacuum, where one hears about what leaders should do and how leaders should act. But it is seldom done in a real-world setting with real-life experiences.

The College of Business at Concordia University Texas and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans believe that leadership training can and should be different. By partnering together, real world experiences can be learned alongside classroom theory. By having students learn from top-notch business people and then letting them practice learned skills in a complex and fast-paced culture, an environment can be provided where leaders are built to face the challenges of the future. This is what the Thrivent Scholar’s Program at Concordia University Texas can provide.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, a Fortune 500 financial services firm, has teamed up with Concordia’s College of Business to offer the first Thrivent Scholar’s Program. This program takes eight students and helps them learn on-the-job-skills while also preparing them for leadership in today’s society. This year’s group will study the topic of Leadership, hearing from distinguished speakers and reading a variety of material on the subject. Participants will also be considered for internships with Thrivent and be eligible to attend leadership conferences.

Congratulations to the 2013 Thrivent Scholars:

Front Row: Alexis Carrillo, Brooke Blanton, Alissa Johnson, Alison Pringle, Freddy Carrillo, Amanda Bode

Back Row: Jason Clifford, Don Christian, (Dean of the College of Business), Jordan Dedear


Concordia Thrivent Scholars Attend Catalyst Conference


The College of Business at Concordia University Texas and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans believe that leadership training

can and should be different. By partnering together, to offer Concordia’s Thrivent Scholar’s Program, real world experiences can be learned alongside classroom theory. For eight Concordia students, one of these experiences was the Catalyst Conference held in Atlanta, Oct 2-4.

These students, along with Chad Thompson and Kristen Cantu of Thrivent and Don Christian, Dean of the College of Business, joined over 10,000 young leaders gathered to focus on a variety of topics specific to Next Generation Leaders, including organizational leadership, personal leadership, integrity, character, relationships, and teamwork. Catalyst has grown in Thrivent Scholars 2013influence and reach, now offering two annual events, multiple resources, a dedicated online magazine, online community, the Filter content program, a bi-weekly podcast, and many other tools for young leaders. Catalyst has only just begun to go deeper with taking next generation leaders beyond a conference experience and into a relationship that provides ongoing support for growth and continued learning.

Catalyst is a perfect match for Concordia’s Thrivent Scholar’s Program which takes students and helps them learn from top-notch business people and then lets them practice learned skills in a complex and fast-paced culture. In this way an environment can be provided where leaders are built to face the challenges of the future, while also preparing them for leadership in today’s society.


Business students find success through Thrivent Scholars Program

Stephen Kreher

Meet Stephen Kreher, a 2009 graduate of Concordia’s College of Business. He was one of the first students to experience the Thrivent Scholars Program, and today, he works at the Austin Chamber of Commerce as Director, Economic Development.

“The Thrivent Scholars Program offers students the opportunity to take a look at a real issue affecting society today and spend each month visiting with leaders in the community for a different perspective on the issue at hand,” Stephen said. “In meeting with various community leaders, we were given the opportunity to see ourselves beyond our time at the university, which helped shape our vision of where we could go and the difference we could make in the world.”

To learn more about the Thriven Scholars program at Concordia, please visit  To learn about the program’s founder, visit

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